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  • Lyle reflects on his PLAYERS triumph, 25 years later  By : samjack
    Sandy Lyle will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame during the week of the 2012 PLAYERS Championship, 25 years after his own triumph at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course. The Scotsman — the first international winner of THE PLAYERS — sat down with Phil Stambaugh of the Champions Tour recently in Savannah, Ga., to reflect on the win, the Hall of Fame and who might win THE PLAYERS 25 years after he did.
    CHAMPIONS TOUR: What do you remember most about your victory there at TPC Sawgrass in 19
  • Insider: Who will find the voodoo in New Orleans  By : samjack
    AVONDALE, La. — They have been chasing golf balls and alligators in New Orleans since 1922 when Gene Sarazen won the Southern Open at New Orleans Country Club.
    I know all about that 1922 tournament. Many years ago, I accidentally ran into the "Squire" at Chateau Elan, a golf course just outside Atlanta during Masters week. Sarazen had performed his duties as starter at Augusta National and had a business relationship with Chateau Elan
    It turns out a "Voodoo Woman" had a large role in Sarazen's s
  • Watson tired but eager to tee it up in Big Easys  By : samjack
    AVONDALE, La. (AP) As Bubba Watson walked off a course carved from cypress swamp toward the TPC Louisiana clubhouse, his path was lined by autograph seekers who held out yellow pin flags bearing the emblem of a golfing shrine hundreds of miles away in the pine-covered hills of Georgia.
    The buzz from Watson’s Masters triumph at Augusta National has followed him to his first encore performance in New Orleans, where he’ll begin the defense of his Zurich Classic victory in the tournament that opens
  • 4 tied for Mobile Bay LPGA Classic leads  By : samjack
    MOBILE, Ala. (AP) Jennifer Rosales birdied five of the first seven holes on the back nine and finished with a 5-under 67 on Thursday in the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic for a share of the first-round lead with Katie Futcher, Lindsey Wright and Caroline Hedwall.
    Rosales, the Filipino player who won the last of her two LPGA Tour titles in 2005, had a birdie and a bogey on the front nine before making her back-nine move on The Crossings course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Magnolia Grove comple
  • Tour Report: Fantasy mailbag: Snedeker’s WD  By : samjack
    Throughout my tenure as the Fantasy columnist for PGATOUR.COM, there’s been a bit of a misconception that because of the connection, I’m privy to the reasons why golfers withdraw between the commitment deadline and their tee times in the first round. To wit, here’s an email that arrived on Tuesday afternoon
    Unless there is published or broadcast information offering an explanation, I’m left to speculate as much as you. Some readers aren’t aware that the touring pros are independent contractors a
  • Tour Report: Short game work sparks Bradley  By : samjack
    Keegan Bradley meets with the media and talks about the advantages of playing his second season on the PGA TOUR.
    AVONDALE, La. — When you win twice as a rookie, including a major championship, a player could understandably get complacent. Not Keegan Bradley, though.
    The reigning PGA champion, who will defend his first title next month at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, sat down with his instructor Jim McLean after that PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year campaign was done. The two took a look at his s
  • Tour Report: Toms seeks momentum in New Orleans  By : samjack
    David Toms meets with the media and talks about the layout at TPC Louisiana.
    AVONDALE, La. — David Toms loves playing golf in New Orleans, even if the TPC Louisiana may be a little long for the 45-year-old’s game.
    After all, the Shreveport resident’s victory in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans came back in 2001 when the tournament was played at English Turn. But Toms does have two top-20 finishes at TPC Louisiana, including a tie for fifth in 2009.
    "If they played this golf course like we playe
  • Tour Report: Curtis’ new irons and Louis’ golds  By : samjack
    Ben Curtis claimed Titleist's first win with its AP1 irons. Carroll/Getty Images Ben Curtis claimed Titleist’s first win with its AP1 irons.
    One of the year’s better stories on the PGA TOUR was authored last week by Ben Curtis, ending a six-year winless drought on TOUR with a win at the Valero Texas Open.
    Curtis was the Cinderella champion won the 2003 British Open (Valero T2 finisher John Huh was 13 years old then) and two events in 2006, then a few years later dropped off the radar. This year
  • Beware the pitfalls of the trap of Troon  By : samjack
    The 11th hole at Royal Troon has claimed some famous victims and the key to winning the 133rd Open Championship will be negotiating its 490 yards successfully.
    Jack Nicklaus once took a 10, Max Faulkner an 11, and the last time the Open was played at Troon Mark Roe marked his card with a nine after walking off the 11th green.
    A former par five, the advent of golf club technology or perhaps the whim of some mischievous soul at the Royal and Ancient has seen the 11th lengthened by 27 yards and tur
  • Levet would love a win without Claret in jug  By : samjack
    Thomas Levet started the first hole of his third round in a red polo shirt and finished it swaddled in blue waterproofs. But although the sky rained on his parade, not much else seemed to get under his skin. The joker had his poker face on.
    Levet isn’t just a personality, he’s many personalities. He describes them as good Thomas, normal Thomas and bad Thomas. But there is also multilingual Thomas, who is learning Japanese and who cheekily talked to Justin Rose in Portuguese after England had los
  • Troon talent gets its due respect  By : samjack
    Unlike the sport which I come from, you will never hear spectators at a professional golf tournament utter the words “Hopeless – I could do better than that”. And certainly not at the Open.
    I was reminded of that fact walking the Royal Troon course last week, watching the trials and tribulations of my good friends and occasional golfing partners Darren Clarke and Paul McGinlay.
    In football you will always get those smart alecks who think they know better than those out on the pitch, whereas thos
  • Jacquelin equals course record  By : corthing
    The Frenchman’s flawless 10-birdie effort lifted him two strokes clear of defending champion Thomas Bjorn of Denmark, Britain’s David Howell and Gary Emerson, and Germany’s Marcel Siem.
  • Westwood finds best form to stay in with shout  By : samjack
    Showers rushed in on a mischievous wind but Lee Westwood becalmed himself and played excellent golf to put himself in position to collect a decent cheque at the end of the 133rd Open Championship at Royal Troon.
    The third day is when the master golfers make their moves and yesterday he was up to the challenge. The £720,000 first prize that goes with the Claret Jug and the kudos of being a major winner may elude him but his chances are not dead.
    After his three-under-par 68, including four birdie
  • GOLF ROUNDUP: Dufner maintains his lead  By : corthing
    Kuchar, the fifth-ranked player in the world, still has a chance to become the first PGA Tour player sinceTiger Woods in 2009 to win in consecutive weeks.
  • Wary Woods needs more telling moments to dispel shades of grey  By : samjack
    There was just a hint of a fist pump on the seventh hole when Tiger Woods slotted his fourth birdie of the round. But whatever air the pump put into Tiger soon leaked out as he played his final 11 holes in a flat one over par. He won’t be up on the jacks overnight, but he’s still not firing on all cylinders.
    For much of this week Woods has played and dressed like a bank manager. Admittedly it would be a surprise if he aped Ian Poulter and strode onto the first tee in a stars and stripes bodysuit
  • Red Hill hosting top collegiate players  By : corthing
    In early May, three weeks before his 84th birthday on May 28, Louie Perez of La Verne fired off the perfect shot, an ace, his first ever hole-in-one.
  • Tiger begins to find his feet again  By : samjack
    When the leaders were walking down the first fairway vertical spikes of rain began to spear the course, but by then the real storm was moving onto the second nine. Tiger Woods had showered Troon with four birdies in his opening seven holes and was just one shot off the lead of the Open.
    It was only when he hit his tee shot fat at the Postage Stamp that he had to take pause. He felt the earth move and with a good deal of it ending up in his eyes he temporarily lost focus. Four pars and a bogey fo
  • Defiance in defence  By : samjack
    This time last week, Greg Owen could hardly move. We met at his golf club, Coxmoor, near Mansfield, and he spent the entire time shifting about uncomfortably in his seat; it was nothing to do with the probing nature of the questioning, just a painful back injury which may prevent him defending his Daily Telegraph Damovo British Masters title.
    Until now, Owen, 32, would probably have agreed with the commonly held view that golfers are a bit wimpish when it comes to injuries. “You see some guys pu
  • Quartet confirmed for World Match Play  By : abadam
    Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer are all now confirmed for the Volvo World Match Play Championship.
  • Campbell set for Indian Open  By : abadam
    New Zealand’s Michael Campbell has confirmed his participation for the Indian Open, to be held from October 8 to 11.
  • Title was reward for patience  By : abadam
    Tiger Woods pocketed US dollars 10million and claimed it was a just reward for an “unbelievable grind”.

    Woods was crowned 2009 FedEx Cup champion after finishing second behind Phil Mickelson at the Tour Championship in Atlanta, Georgia, his consistency over the year being rewarded with the massive bonus.
  • Mercuries Taiwan Masters Preview  By : abadam
    Lin Wen-hong wants to add his name to his family’s roll of honour by winning his maiden title at the Taiwan Masters which starts this Thursday.
  • McIlroy unfazed by Dunhill delay  By : abadam
    The 50th birthday of Rory McIlroy’s father on Monday will be even more special than planned.
  • Tiger Woods is back in business at the Augusta Masters  By : samjack
    Tiger walks in the door and poor Sean O’Hair dries like a nervous novice playing Hamlet in an airing cupboard. To be or not to be? O’Hair couldn’t even remember his name, let alone what he was supposed to be doing for a living.

    Tiger’s first victory after his return from knee surgery was a triumph of intimidation. The greatest is back and now he is heading for Augusta, where legend has it that Woods will win more Masters titles than Arnie and Jack combined. Horsefeathers. Tiger has won four gre
  • Catharsis for Paul Casey as he relives last years Augusta meltdown  By : samjack
    But Paul Casey’s description of his final-round fall at last year’s Masters, a slow descent into a sporting underworld of helplessness and cruelty, is as riveting as it is honest.

    For my money it says a great deal about Casey’s current happiness that he can relate his memories of that April day with such candid straightforwardness. It is not so much a stream of consciousness as a torrent. Maybe Casey’s recent marriage to long-term American girlfriend Jocelyn has brought him unexpected certainty
  • Jose Maria Olazabal does not want to be Ryder Cup vice captain again  By : samjack
    Last week Olazabal refuted claims by Montgomerie that he had agreed to be vice-captain for the 2010 tournament against the United States at Celtic Manor.

    Torrance, who led Europe to victory in 2002, believes the Spaniard does not want the job since he was Nick Faldo’s right-hand man during the team’s defeat at Valhalla last year.

    “You have to understand Ollie [Olazabal] has done his stint as vice-captain and it is a huge learning experience for the captaincy, but he doesn’t want to be the seco
  • Tiger Woods seals sixth straight title  By : samjack
    Tiger Woods convinced himself he could succeed with a 24-foot approach shot that saw him claim a dramatic victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando.
    Lewine Mair: Graeme McDowell shows bottle in play-off win
    Woods hit the shot at the par-four 18th, before curling in his putt to edge Bart Bryant by one stroke at Bay Hill.
    It was the only putt Woods holed from outside 20 feet all week, but nobody was at all surprised that Woods rose to the occasion when it really mattered to extend his s
  • Ryder Cup: Harrington urges role for Monty  By : samjack
    Padraig Harrington was not exactly telling Nick Faldo how to go about his business although Europe’s Ryder Cup captain might well interpret things that way.
    Calendar: Golf fixtures
    While giving his thoughts on this week’s European Open at the London Club, Harrington was asked if he deemed it important that Colin Montgomerie made Faldo’s side for Valhalla. “Personally,” Harrington said, “I’d want Monty on the team.”
    There was nothing Faldo could object to in that, but it was then that the Open ch
  • Tseng claims LPGA Championship  By : abadam
    Yani Tseng continued her outstanding season with a blistering performance to win the LPGA Championship by 10 strokes.
  • Jacobson on top at Travelers  By : abadam
    Sweden’s Fredrik Jacobson finished one stroke ahead of Ryan Moore and John Rollins at the Travelers Championship to claim his maiden win on the PGA Tour.

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